from 1989. Director/Writer Giuseppe Tornatore created
a film that celebrated movies and its effects on a
community. The narrative features a young man and his
relationship with a movie theater projectionist who
becomes his mentor. This sweet movie is a memory
piece that manages to be sentimental without being
maudlin. It is this feeling that the Fort Lauderdale
Cinema Paradiso in South Florida has sought to create.
Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso
is an art house movie theater that presents films from
around the world. A former church, Cinema Paradiso has
been refurbished with comfortable and plush stadium
seating in South Florida along with a full bar, lobby
and courtyard tables.
Each week Cinema Paradiso presents the latest in
independent films, extreme sport films, anime, local
films and other specialty presentations. In many
cases, many of the films presented at the theater will
be the only South Florida screening. Among these
screenings included is Jose Prendes cult classic,
"Corpses are Forever," a pulpy zombie spy flick
featuring an all star "B" movie lineup and a loyal
Florida production crew. When King Tut visited South
Florida, Cinema Paradiso presented the original The
Mummy.“ With ”Clerks II“ opening soon, Cinema
Paradiso plans a screening this evening of the
original “Clerks” with action figures being donated by
Besides hosting many films for the Fort Lauderdale
International Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso will be
hosting the 3RD Annual Perrier French Film Festival
from July 21 to 30. Sponsored by Perrier water, this
festival opens with "A Moustache", an award winning
film from the 2005 Cannes film festival.
With the lost simplicity of an old Francois Truffant
movie, "A Moustache" features a leading man who
spontaneously shaves off his moustache and he enters
into some sort of domestic twilight zone. The man's
wife and friends deny that he never had a moustache to
The French Film Festival concludes with "Read my
Lips," Another French film with English sub-titles.
This domestic drama features Carla, a long term
company employee who suffers from a hearing
deficiency. Carla must train Paul, a new employee.
Ten years younger than Carla, Paul has lived an
adventuresome life in prison. Opposites attract.
Given Italy's victory over France in the World Cup,
perhaps it is now time for Cinema Paradiso to honor
it's namesake with an Italian Film Festival. The
Venice Film Festival is next month and perhaps Cinema
Paradiso can pick a few films from that festival.
Perhaps they can use a little assistance from a local
film columnist for local cinema tutto bene!